Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

Category: Health / Medicine

  • Resolutions 2015

    One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’. ― John Burroughs Read 52 books. Yeah, I know. In 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, I read more than this same exact amount. I like the number because it is a book a week. Read 50% by female authors. After reading…

  • Resolution Progress 2014: End

    This year was a mixed bag. Sorry for the lack of updates. Read 52 books. Today, at the end of the year, I should be at 52 books read. I reached that point back on October 12th. (A few days earlier than last year.) My total for the year is 74. (142%) SUCCEEDED. 30 need to be…

  • Lost Weight

    I suspect people are just being nice when they ask if I have lost weight. A normal person wants to and feels pleased when others notice. So it is a safe thing to ask. Except I do the mental calculations of when was the last time I saw the person, where I was on the…

  • TED Talk: Battling Bad Science

    From TED’s About This Talk: Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry. If…

  • TED Talk: The magic of the placebo

    The placebo effect is perhaps my favorite. That the more “authentic” a pill appears to be, the more effective the placebo effect is my favorite quality about it.

  • Resolution Like Thing

    So Monday I decided that I would walk to the mail box every day unless the weather was wet. I’ve managed to do it every day this week so far. We’ll see how long it lasts. Its just half mile round trip. Better than nothing. 🙂

  • My Health in My Pocket

    People could carry their medical records around their necks or on key chains through technology being encouraged in a bill passed Friday by the Senate. “When they go to the doctor’s office they won’t have to take that little clipboard and figure out whatever it is that they can remember about their health,” said Sen.…

  • Double Breast Removal

    One in five women would consider having both their breasts removed to reduce their odds of developing cancer, according to a survey on Monday. [Source: 20 pct of women would consider breast removal-study]

  • Solution to Social Security

    Obesity here in the US is exploding. Fat kids are likely to be fat adults. Fat adults die younger. This will shorten the average life expectancy for US adults by potentially up to 2-5 years. Let’s celebrate this solution with some ice cream!!!!! Do your part to help Social Security. Eat a big steak and…